Friday, 22 April 2011

Shouldn’t Libyan rebels be thanking Israel?

America's unrequited love for Israel

From the New York Times:

U.S. Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, said Friday that Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi’s troops are his heroes.

The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee made the remark after arriving in Benghazi, a city that has been the opposition capital in the rebel-held eastern Libya.
McCain said he was in Benghazi “to get an on the ground assessment of the situation” and planned to meet with the rebel National Transition Council, the de-facto government in the eastern half of the country, and members of the rebel military.
“They are my heroes,” McCain said of the rebels as he walked out of a local hotel in Benghazi. He was traveling in an armored Mercedes jeep and had a security detail. A few Libyans waved American flags as his vehicle drove past.
If the democracy training programs of the National Endowment for Democracy’s GOP half, the International Republican Institute, fail to achieve the desired outcome, its chairman can always help “expand the frontiers of freedom” with promises of drone strikes. But if the grateful Libyans knew anything about where McCain’s allegiance lies, shouldn’t they have been waving Israeli flags instead?

Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail
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